There is a danger of poisoning the Pacific Ocean radioactive waste resulting from nuclear tests conducted by the United States in 1946-1958. This was stated at a meeting with students in Suva — the capital of the island state of Fiji — UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
“I recently had a meeting with the President of the Marshall Islands [Hilda Heine], she is seriously concerned that there is a risk of leakage of waste radioactive substances that are buried there,” — quotes his words Agence France-Presse (AFP).
Guterres was referring to the disposal of approximately 85,000 cubic meters of radioactive waste under a concrete dome, arranged by the United States in a giant crater formed on the island of Runit (Eniwetok Atoll, Marshall Islands) after a nuclear test in May 1958. There were also dumped contaminated soil and radioactive ash from a number of other Islands on which Washington blew up nuclear and hydrogen warheads. All these wastes were filled with concrete with a thickness of 45 cm.
As noted by AFP, the burial of the locals called “nuclear coffin.” The concrete, which had been exposed for decades, had cracks, which would only increase under the influence of strong tropical cyclones. This, in turn, can lead to the complete destruction of the dome and the leakage of radioactive waste into the ocean, the Agency emphasizes.
“We all know that the Pacific Ocean has become a place of destructive nuclear tests, — said Guterres. — The consequences were dramatic in terms of human health and the poisoning of ocean waters.” The inhabitants of the region still need help in eliminating the consequences of nuclear tests, the Secretary General added.